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“Bathroom Basics” Drive for Deserving Decor in August

Whispering Woods Gallery collects for Deserving Decor Bathroom Drive

Whispering Woods Gallery is collecting new and gently used bathroom items for Deserving Decor.
Thanks for helping out!

It’s Graduation Season!

It’s Graduation season and even though we are striving to live in a “paperless” world, 2014 graduates are still proudly receiving diplomas at their commencement ceremonies.  A diploma is something to display, not put away in a closet or drawer. After all, it took much hard work over the years to earn it.  Here are a few questions to ask when frame your diploma.

  • What kind of glass will be used?  Does it block UV rays to help the paper and signatures from fading? Do I need a non-glare solution?
  • Does the mat fit the certificate?  Mats from a book store diploma don’t necessarily fit your diploma.  Why cover up something important?
  • How will the diploma be secured in the frame?  Will it be hinged and with what?  Does it need to be dry-mounted?  Is this a good idea?
  • Is this framing process reversible?  Good framing will come out of the frame in the same condition that you received it, without tape adhesive.
  • Is the hanging hardware secure and proper for where you will hang it?  A ready-made frame might not have the hanging solution for your walls.  A professional framer can help you with that.
  • Do I like the frame choice?  Does it reflect my personality?  An artist might pick something different than a CPA or attorney.  Will the same frame be available for my future diplomas and licenses?
  • Should I take this to an expert?  Professional framers study their craft for years.  They know what’s best.  You want this to last for generations. Why settle for anything less?

Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery.  We’ll show you diplomas that still look great from generations ago.  We care to do it right.  You should too.  Congratulation 2014 Graduates!  From Whispering Woods Gallery

Diploma Framing

Signs of Summer

One of my favorite local artists, Karen Eckelmeyer, creates art that lets you celebrate summer all year round.  Every time I view the art of Karen Eckelmeyer, it takes me to a warm and sunny place at the shore.  Karen, a Bucks County, Pa resident, is self taught and works in colored pencil. It is easy to mistake her detailed work as being a photograph. Her fine art giclee prints of shells, stones and plants are timeless and will fascinate for years to come.  Give Sue a call for further information.

 

I feel like a celebrity!

Picture Framing Magazine article

Susan Gittlen MCPF made it to Picture Framing Magazine!

While attending our annual trade show in Las Vegas last January, I ran into Brian Wolf, one of the educators in the framing industry.  I asked him if he would look at some photos of my mat  designs.  He liked what I was designing and shared some great learning resources to help me increase my knowledge.  He also asked if I would help him with an upcoming article that he was writing about his area of expertise, decorative matting techniques.  Over the next few weeks we exchanged many emails to create an amazing article.  It seems as if the article was abbreviated a bit, but I was delighted to see my name in print in our industry’s trade magazine.

Some Vintage Postcard Fun

Many of you know that I enjoy working with vintage postcards. Linen era cards from the 30’s and 40’s are my favorites. Thinking of a project? I’m happy to help. I can frame your cards, or select from my extensive inventory. If I don’t have what you need, I’ll find you the perfect ones from other vendors. Here are a few framed pieces that I have created that showcase vintage postcards.

Latest Projects

We would like to share some of our latest framing projects at Whispering Woods Gallery. Enjoy!

From Roma handmade with love!

Take a trip to Italy to see how our beautiful Roma Photo Frames are crafted.

A Winning Trip to Vegas

Here are some photos of my recent trip to our annual framing trade show and conference in Las Vegas in January 2014.

Thank you for keeping me busy in 2013!

Just a few of the many multiple opening projects in 2013.

These are just a few of the multiple opening projects that we framed in 2013
From left: WWII ephemera, framed photos, 1950’s family recipes, framed Hummel art, more framed recipes, WWII gas rationing coupons and ephemera.

I am thankful for a busy 2013 and am looking forward to what unusual framing projects will arrive in 2014.

Photographing Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

Photo credit: Wikipedia

This holiday is the perfect opportunity to take pictures of your family, your friends, and your neighborhood.  Don’t let short days or cold weather discourage you.  Today’s digital cameras handle low light well, so it’s a great time to record the holiday lights and candles that mark the winter season.The first rule for pictures of holiday lights is to turn off your camera’s flash, which can rob the scene of color. If you’re taking pictures of holiday decorations at a neighbor’s house or a colorful store display, your camera may select a slow shutter speed, so use a tripod or find a way to steady your camera on a solid object.  Use ISO 400 or even ISO 800. Automatic white balance can also drain color from the scene.  Read your instruction book and experiment with other color balance presets.  Shoot, check your LCD panel, and make adjustments.

Whether your subject is holiday decorations and lights, or a portrait of a family member, the most common mistake is to shoot from too far away.  Don’t zoom in on your subject, because that will affect shutter speed.   Instead, move closer.

Gentle snow won’t hurt your camera, and if it’s cold outside just keep it in your pocket until you’re ready to take pictures.  Enjoy the lights and Happy Holidays to all from Whispering Woods Gallery!

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